MOSFEST – Friday 31st May

IDOL ROSS

Idol Ross are a Sheffield band formed in 2017, this alternative Indie four-piece offer a sound so massive and cocksure it deserves its own postcode. The band consist of Ross – Vocals, Spen – Guitar, Charlie – Bass and Joel – Drums. They recently supported Shaun Riders Black Grape at the Plug.

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

Led by Dangerous Dave ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ play the classic new wave and punk hits from 1977 – 1982. If you like the Jam, The Clash, Ian Dury, you will love this band. The perfect crossover between covers and a tribute band. Relive your youth or discover for the first time. Four professional musicians who love the music.

HAPPY MONDAZE

Reliving the heady Madchester vibes of the infamous Hacienda, Happy Mondaze bring you the cult classics and best-selling hits of Manchester’s number one baggy band the Happy Mondays.

HEAVY SOL

Heavy Sol are Mod and Soul 5-piece live band covering top tunes from the likes of Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, The Who, The Jam, Small Faces etc. Hailing from Leicester these lads go down a treat.

THE ROSADOCS

The Rosadocs are a four-piece Indie/Alt Rock band based in the Sheffield area. The Rosadocs are; Keelan Graney – Lead Vocals and Guitar, Joe Egan – Guitar and backing vocals, Adam Sleight – Bass and backing vocals and Callum Raynor – Drums. They formed in 2017 and they have already released their debut single ‘No.54’ which has gained many positive reviews. A little after 6 months of being together, they supported ‘The Sherlocks’ at their massive sold out hometown show at Sheffield, O2 Academy.

THE COURTBETWEENERS

After seeing the Courteeners smash T in the Park, Reading and the 2016 support slot to the Stone Roses the lads couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a tribute to this amazing band, they decided to do something about it. Featuring songs like crowd favourites Not Nineteen Forever and What Took You So Long. The only tribute to Courteeners in the UK and probably the world.

MOSFEST – Saturday 1st June

DIRTY STERLING

Dirty Sterling are an original Indie/Rock’n’Roll Band from Scunthorpe. Led by enigmatic frontman and all-round talented geezer Mark Donaldson. Dirty Sterling see their second Mosfest performance and boy are we happy to have them and the Dirty army back.

THE WIRED

The Wired are an indie four piece from the Steel City. Previously the band have played festivals such as Leeds Festival, Sound City, Great Escape and Tramlines.
The bands last single ‘Stay Here’ received airtime and support from Radio 1 and Huw Stephens as well as being playlisted on Radio X for two consecutive weeks and played by Gordon Smart on his evening show and John Kennedy’s show likewise.

CLONE ROSES

The Clone Roses are the longest serving and most popular Roses Tribute playing live today. The attention to detail is second to none, with the band acquiring the same clothing, instruments and usually play the same set as The Roses themselves.
“I can’t believe it’s not butter, the second-best Stone Roses in the World!” – Mani (The Stone Roses)
“Easily the Best Roses Tribute Band in the business” – Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpet/Radio X) for One” and “Beautiful Thin

JUNGLE LION

We make no apologies for having Jungle Lion on year in year out, they are Mosfest favourites and while ever they want to play, we will have them back. This SKA and reggae troop are massive kickass people with 12 band members that’ll knock your socks off, playing well known classics as well as heavily customised obscurities – peace, unity, good vibes and skankin’ basically.

JESUS JONES

Jesus Jones formed at the end of 1988 and quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting and innovative acts of their time. Their first album, 1989’s “Liquidizer” with its singles “Never Enough” and “Info Freako” saw them tour the UK and Europe, wowing critics and fans with a high-energy live show that was to become the band’s trademark. Within a year, things really started to happen. When it was first released, at the start of 1991, their second album “Doubt” quickly became a phenomenon. It entered the UK charts at number one and gave the band their first gold disc. It would also see massive sales around the world, including Canada (where it went platinum), as well as Japan and Australia. However, perhaps the album’s greatest success was in the US, where it went platinum, selling well in excess of a million copies. This was driven by the single “Right Here, Right Now”, which was a huge MTV hit (it was, at the time, the longest-running video on their playlist, ever). The single reached number one, and still remains an anthem to this day. The album also spawned a number of other huge worldwide hits, including “International Bright Young Thing”, and “Who? Where? Why?” We are delighted to have Jesus Jones play this year’s Mosfest, welcome to Sheffield.

IVORY WAVE

Ivory Wave’s success is down to their deceptive simplicity. They know that music isn’t rocket science – it has to have jive and thrust, the right balance of fun and emotion, and one heck of a chorus. The five-piece intertwine intricate guitar blazes from the days of Baggy with stomping electro flourishes and pummelling riffs. Their tracks, including summer scorcher ‘Cool Kids’ and disco-tinged ‘Frankie’, have become indie staples not just on the local scene, but also nationally.

BOB MARLEY EXPERIENCE

Mosfest are delighted to bring you ‘The Marley Experience’ the UK’s No1 sound, look & Vibe alike Bob Marley & The Wailers Tribute band. Performing the hits, classics & singalongs from the extensive Bob Marley & the Wailers catalogue like Punky Reggae Party, One Love, Jamming, No woman No Cry, I Shot the Sheriff, Kinky Reggae & many many more.

MARQUIS DRIVE

The Cannock crusaders are back for their 8th successive year at Mosfest. With 20yrs worth of experience they have nailed the Britpop and 90′s Indie scene and have captured the coolest tunes from great British anthems. When The Farm got in touch over the possibility of moving their headline slot so they could watch Liverpool in the Champions league final we jumped on MD as way of thanks for the support they and our Midlands friends have shown Mosfest over the years, they will close our 2019 festival.
Marquis Drive are not your normal average run of the mill “covers band”. They are ‘boss’.

SPACE

Space are a British band from Liverpool, who formed in 1993 initially as a trio of Tommy Scott (vocals, bass, guitar), Jamie Murphy (vocals, guitar) and Andy Parle (drums). Keyboard player Franny Griffiths joined the line-up a year later, and the band came to prominence throughout the mid-1990s with hit singles such as “Female of the Species”, “Me and You Versus the World”, “Neighbourhood”, “Avenging Angels” and “The Ballad of Tom Jones”, the latter a duet with Cerys Matthews of Catatonia.

The band recorded four studio albums, one of which was cancelled before it was released, plus a number of charting singles before eventually disbanding in 2005. In 2011, two years after the death of Parle, the band announced they would reunite with Scott and Griffiths returning alongside two new members, crowd-funding their first album in a decade, Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab, in 2014. A follow-up, Give Me Your Future, was released at the end of 2017.

LEFTOVERS

Young local lads The Leftovers are a new fresh 4-piece indie/rock n roll band and in keeping with our support for up and coming local talent we at Mosfest are delighted to have this S12 outfit play.

SAINT PETERSBURG

Formed in early 2017, Saint Petersburg are a Alternative Pop/ Rock 4 piece from Sheffield. The band’s first ever live show sold out within 4 minutes and saw over 1,000 people in attendance. The band’s debut single “Lies”, was named in BBC Introducing’s top tracks of 2017, and was described by the BBC’s Christian Carlisle as “One of the best songs I have ever heard”.

TWISTED WHEEL

For Twisted Wheel, redemption and revival is not a religious concept but a CV. Born in the backwaters of Saddleworth in 2007, the young band, fronted by the feral, precocious Jonny Brown, roared into the race of indie rock with such anthems as ‘You Stole The Sun’, ‘She’s a Weapon’ and ‘Lucy The Castle’. Their irrepressible energy and ability to deliver inspired rock’n’roll gained them the support slots with Oasis, Kasabian, Paul Weller, The Courteeners, The Happy Mondays, Liam Gallagher and Ian Brown to name but a few.

The unlikely combination of elegance and raw inspiration, the familiar coupled with the random, make Twisted Wheel an undeniably popular act that delivers the goods in a way few bands can. The band has grown up and Brown’s song structures and lyrics are on another level, beyond haggard experience now, worn in with wisdom and wit. While last year’s ‘Snakes and Ladders’ tour was frankly about the band blowing the ladders of opportunity they were given – and the snakes which led to them falling off the board, it was also about getting back in the game and resetting the standards. The EP ‘Jonny Guitar’ demonstrated TW’s uncanny talent to maximise the elusive eternity in the ordinary and Brown’s ability to create anthems and palaces from the trash of life with its delightful documentation of addiction, despair and a very unsafe reboot.  2019 finds Twisted Wheel back like a man from the dead with tunes to make up for time lost. The Saddleworth four spoker (Harry Lavin, Ben Robinson, Ben Warwick and Jonny Brown – probably the best line up to date) are currently recording a new album in Manchester – full of new material for a summer release date with a spring tour and autumn tour dates to be announced. 2019 is their decade year – it will also be the year they change the game they broke.

THE FARM

Twenty years after their million selling album Spartacus reached No 1 in the UK album charts, legendary Liverpool band The Farm reformed to play live again in 2010. The group who had eight top forty hit singles in the UK including Groovy Train and All Together Now that were a soundtrack for a generation, returned to the stage with their original line –up.

The Farm enjoyed worldwide success after the release of Spartacus in March 1991 on their Produce label. The album was a worldwide hit and they were signed by the legendary Seymour Stein for Sire Records in the US in 1991.

For a four year period between 1990 and 1994 The Farm toured the world and their raucous live shows became the stuff of legend. The group went their separate ways in 1995 but continued to enjoy popular appeal and their records have become all time classics.

In December 2010 the original line-up returned to play their home town at the O2 Academy, to much acclaim. The concert was meant to be a one- off to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their anthem ‘All Together Now’ but was such a success that they decided they should play live again. Peter Hooton lead singer of the band commented ‘we enjoyed our gig at the Academy so much that we thought we would go out and play more’.

Since then, The Farm have delighted festival audiences worldwide with their powerful live show, featuring all their hits.

Music for the Homeless – Saturday 8th June

RYAN JARVIS

Ryan Jarvis is a young singer-songwriter from East Manchester. He has been gigging constantly for the last 18 months around Manchester, Greater Manchester and Liverpool and has already bagged support slots with touring bands such as The Last Carnival and Glasvegas. Ryan recently self-released his debut EP ‘Outside This Town’ which can be found at his website.

VELCRO TEDDY BEARS

Rock and roll how it should be made, without the fanfare – but perhaps a paisley shirt or two – The Velcro Teddy Bears are Sam Chadwick (vocals), Mike Holland (drums), and brothers Mike Griffin (lead guitar), and Josh Griffin (bass guitar). The Sheffield band makes music evocative of ‘70s swamp rock, while their boyish locks and nonchalant presence resonates with the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel. From Credence Clearwater Revival to Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan to Black Sabbath, the band’s love of classic rock with a lot of heart and soul is apparent. Gravelly vocals, melodic – yet punchy – guitar riffs, and fluid bass lines has allowed them to explore the dimensions of their searing sound.

JOSEPHINE AND THE ARTIZANS

Travelling up from London we offer a warm Sheffield welcome to Josephine & The Artizans. They are a London based Hip-Hop-era band that consist of classical strings, operatic vocals, heavy beats and energetic rap. The group blend Classical music with HipHop to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound. Each member of the band comes from a very different musical background, bringing something unique to the mix by adapting and merging their skills.

BANG BANG ROMEO

Fronted by vocal powerhouse Anastasia Walker and featuring Ross Cameron (guitars) and Richard Gartland (drums), Bang Bang Romeo are a propelling force for female-fronted bands in a male dominated industry, and a strong and open voice for the LGBT community. Anastasia’s “once in 20 years voice” is unrivalled and the group’s larger-than-life performances are sending audiences wild up and down the country, leaving them with jaws dropped and often reduced to tears. This year they are supporting Pink on her tour.

MISSING ANDY

Missing Andy are a 5-piece Brit Pop Rock Guitar band from Essex. The group comprises Alex Greaves, Jonathan Sharpe, Rob Jones, Steve Rolls and Elliot Richardson. The band’s debut single “The Way We’re Made (Made In England)” reached number 38 on the UK Singles Chart and number 7 on the UK Indie Chart in September 2010, after their status was confirmed as runners-up in Sky1’s television talent competition, Must Be The Music. Their debut digital only single The Greatest Show On Earth – Act I was released on 4 October 2010, with four tracks. It is said to be part of a compilation of an unspecified number of singles. Missing Andy have released 3 full studio albums (Generation Silenced, Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 1 and Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 2).

48KS

The 48K’s are a 5-piece Rock/Indie band hailing from Doncaster. Over the past three years the band has refined it’s sound and formed a strong line-up. Having played events for us in the past at Mosfest and Doncaster Dome supporting The Enemy, we know all about how good the 48k’s are and are delighted to have them play at ‘Music for the Homeless..

TOM HINGLEY’S KARPETS

The Kar-Pets are an Inspiral Carpets tribute band, but with a notable difference from other tribute bands in that the Kar-Pets feature the former lead singer of the Inspirals, Tom Hingley. Tom was a member of the Inspiral Carpets from 1989 to 2011 and sang on all the bands many chart hits as well as singing on four of their albums.

With Tom Hingley at the helm the Kar-Pets are made up of Dickon on farfisa duties, Phil on guitar, Ste on bass and Malc on drums.

THE SMITHS LTD

The Smiths Ltd was formed in Manchester, UK the hometown of The Smiths.
After an extensive search to find the perfect Morrissey, the band played their first gig in Manchester to an audience of avid Smiths fans. The response was spectacular and the band now plays at venues and festivals all over the UK.
Committed to getting the same energy that Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce had onstage together, the band are also obsessed about getting that live sound just right.

“Brilliant Smiths tribute band, they are amazing!” – Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets)

NEVILLE STAPLE

Neville Staple, Legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His celebrates a super 40-year career in the music business which is well documented and started out from the early days with Ray King, Pete Waterman, The Coventry Automatics and his Jah Baddis Sound System, before taking to the stage with The Specials during the famous ‘Clash’ tour. Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and his departure from the band in late 2012, Neville Staple continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band, The Neville Staple Band, at venues and festival appearances worldwide. His relentless tours across the UK sees him performing at many festivals, including a recent headline slot on the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival and other top fests. His recent Worldwide shows include Hong Kong, Europe and Australia, with the US and others planned for 2018 onwards.